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Heritage case: SGPC chief signs dossier
Amritsar, January 11
The Shiromani gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, today signed a dossier on the Golden Temple, prepared under the supervision of Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, a former general secretary of the Committee.

he five Sikh high priests perform 'ardas' The five Sikh high priests perform 'ardas' before starting the construction work of a new building of the historical gurdwara Ramsar in Amritsar on Saturday.
— Photo Rajiv Sharma

Human smuggling big business in Pakistan
Chandigarh, January 11
If human smuggling is a Rs 100 cr industry in India, it is no less in Pakistan. Allured by western world, more and more Pakistani youth have been trying to sneak into Europe through land route. 

Mohali to include 33 villages
Chandigarh, January 11
To increase the number of sectors from 80 to 107 in SAS Nagar, (Mohali) area as many as 33 more villages will be included in it. The Punjab Government, at a meeting held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, approved this expansion plan yesterday.




Hari JaisinghDD to telecast film on Hari Jaisingh on Friday
Jalandhar, January 11
Recognising the services of Mr Hari Jaisingh, Editor of the Tribune group of newspapers and President of the Editors’ Guild of India, in the field of journalism, the Prasar Bharti authorities have produced a documentary film, “Kalam Seenche Sachh” on his life and works.

Yash ChopraDoaba College awaits Yash Chopra
Jalandhar, January 11
Elated residents of Mohalla Gobindgarh are all set to receive their once young and coy neighbour and noted prolific filmmaker Yash Chopra, who has made them proud by producing over 30 box-office hits and winning the prestigious Dada Phalke Award this year.


Urban MLAs resent move on funds
Amritsar, January 11
Resentment prevails among MLAs from the urban areas as the state government recently announced to provide Rs 1.25 crore annually only to the MLAs from the rural areas.

It’s encroachers vs residents
Bathinda, January 11
Certain residents of Subash Basti of this town have socially boycotted two retired policemen after they allegedly encroached upon a piece of land located in Lal Singh Basti. A war of sorts has been going among the residents and the alleged encroachers for the past many days.

Controversies dog complex
Amritsar, January 11
Even as a case against former Improvement Trust Chairman Maninder Singh Heera and other trust officials has been registered by the Vigilance Bureau with regard to one of the blocks of the Nehru Shopping Complex in connection with its construction, an earlier inquiry by the Vigilance had cleared the other block of the same complex.

‘Make power theft cognisable offence’
Patiala, January 11
The Punjab State Electricity Board has recommended amendments in the anti-power theft legislation to the Punjab Government which is set to debate the matter in the Cabinet.

‘Probe’ funding of ultras’ lawyers
Jalandhar, January 11
In a significant development, the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front today demanded that the Central Government should order a probe to ascertain the source of funding from which the lawyers were being paid hefty fees running into lakhs of rupees for fighting the cases of terrorists in Indian courts.

LPG cylinders misuse: councillor held
Ropar, January 11
The police has arrested a councillor of the local municipal committee, Mr Rameshwar Sharma, for using LPG cylinders meant for domestic use at his sweet shop.

Builders’ concern over declining standards
Patiala, January 11
Builders expressed concern over the declining standards in the construction industry at a state-level meeting of the Builders Association of Punjab, which was held here today under the chairmanship of Mr P.S. Sandhu, president of the association.

Cash counter need of the hour
Telephone subscribers of Dinanagar have urged the telecom authorities to open a cash counter in the telephone exchange so that they can deposit their bills in time and avoid inconvenience while depositing these at the post offices.

Panel member rues diversion of funds
Ropar, January 11
A member of the National Commission for Safai Sevaks, Mr Ganga Ram Teja, while talking to newsmen here today rued the diversion of funds allocated by the Union Government for the welfare of SC/STs by the state government.

Daughter’s first Lohri celebrated
Sangrur, January 11
In the age of female foeticide, Dr Jaswinder Pal Singh set an example for the new generation parents by celebrating the first Lohri of his daughter at Bahadurpur village, near here, last evening. Mr Neelkanth, SDM, Sangrur, on behalf of the administration attended the function to share happy moments with the parents of the daughter.

‘Dalits yet to benefit from quota’
Bathinda, January 11
“The benefits of the caste-based reservations have not reached the downtrodden and only a section of those who have entered the privileged sections of the society by enjoying caste-based reservations continue to block the progress of Dalits”, claimed members of the General Categories Welfare Federation, Punjab.

Youth dies due to cold
Bathinda, January 11
A youth died due to cold last night even as fog continued in the city and its surrounding area today.


Govt to release Rs 10 cr for sugarcane growers
Kharar, January 11
The Punjab Government has decided to release an amount of Rs 10 crore as an immediate relief to the farmers sitting on dharna even as it entered the fourth day today.


Order to lodge FIR against MC chief
Abohar, January 11
The Under Secretary, Local Government Department, Punjab has directed the Regional Deputy Director, Ferozepore to lodge FIR against Mr Babu Ram Arya, President, Municipal Council, and a former Executive Officer, Mr Harbhajan Singh, for tampering with the proceeding book of the council.

MC launches drive to clean Amritsar
Amritsar, January 11
In view of the heritage status being granted to the holy city by UNESCO the municipal corporation here has launched a major cleanliness drive to give a new look to the city. Addressing newsmen here today the Municipal Commissioner, Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, presented a blue print of the sanitation project which started in January.


Murder case: 2 cops issued warrants
Mansa, January 11
Ms Baljinder Kaur Bhatia, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Mansa, issued non-bailable warrants of arrest returnable for January 15, 2003, against DSP Sherpur in police district Barnala Gurjit Singh and Inspector Chuhar Singh at present posted in the district. The court has also ordered attachment of salary of both these police officials through their respective SSPs.

21 travel agents booked for duping
Kapurthala, January 11
The district police has booked 21 travel agents of Kapurthala, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur districts and Delhi under Sections 420 and 408 of the Indian Panel Code and Section 24 of the Immigration Act for duping 14 persons of Rs 60 lakh on the pretext of sending them abroad.

ASI booked for graft
Amritsar, January 11
An ASI of the Majitha police station was booked allegedly for taking bribe from a medical store owner here last evening.


DEO’s office headless
Sangrur, January 11
In the absence of almost all top officers in the District Education Office (Secondary) here, the office seems to be “orphaned”. Besides its functioning has been adversely affected because many important papers are on the list of pending cases as the DEO (Secondary) is on a month’s leave till January 31.

Unemployed B.Ed. candidates hold a rally
Unemployed B.Ed. candidates hold a rally in Patiala on Saturday. 
— Tribune photo Pawan Sharma

Team probes sexual harassment charge
Patiala, January 11
A four-member team led by Punjab Deputy Director, Colleges, and consisting of principals of three local colleges today held an inquiry into the alleged sexual harassment meted out to a student of Physical Education College here on the directions of the DPI, Colleges.

Seminar on legal institutions
Patiala, January 11
A seminar on “Legal education and teaching methodology” was inaugurated by Justice R.L. Anand here today. Prof J.L. Kaul of Delhi University, spoke on the necessity of ensuring proper functioning of legal institutions.

Warden raises funds for better facilities
Patiala, January 9
While there are allegations of poor maintenance of existing infrastructure in different hostels of Punjabi University owning to poor grants from the university, the warden of Hostel No. 6, Dr Sarabjinder Singh, has pursuaded old students to donate Rs 70,000 to provide the students of the hostel with a comfortable reading room complete with wall-to-wall carpeting, overhead fans, newspapers and latest periodicals.

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